What Pablo Picasso Can Teach Us

Pablo Picasso was an influential and innovative artist, dabbling in painting, sculpting, print making, ceramics, and more. He was also no stranger to the pen as he was a poet and playwright.

If we listen closely, we can hear the teachings of Picasso. They echo through his abundance of works and the words he once spoke. And if we allow his messages to enter inside of us, remaining there forever, it might be more beneficial than we believe.

This was a quote once spoken by Pablo Picasso, which can hold true in the lives of artists, writers, poets, and more.

“Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.”

Lesson one from Picasso stems from this quote. Its meaning is clear and simple. We must become masters of our passion and craft, knowing and comprehending the ins and outs, and recognizing the elements the activity is composed of.

When mastery occurs, the rules are easily recalled and memorized with ease and certainty. With mastery comes full freedom to rule breaking. The rules are never broken in rebellion, but rather in an ambition of abstraction.

You may have seen this in writing. Sometimes writers break the rules we learn way, way back in Elementary school. We know about the words that need to be capitalized, but with capitalization comes a stylistic choice.

Most common in poetry, poets will capitalize and lower case certain words for emphasis or stylistic reasons. Poets acknowledge the rules of proper nouns, but with strategic reasoning, capitalization may or may not occur in the ways of original teachings.

Even more, punctuation can sometimes pave its own way. All poets utilize punctuation in a variety of ways, seasoning the words more often or less so. I punctuate my poems minimally while others populate them throughout each stanza.

In music, the rules of proper spelling and grammar are broken by some of the most talented of singers and bands. It is likely for the titling of songs to no longer spell the word “you” in full. The letter “U” sometimes taking its spot. Also, the word “I” can be seen in lower case, as well as song titles and album names featuring a pattern of upper and lower case. These reasons are all blamed on stylistic reasoning and a specific type of appeal.

We must understand the rules and have years of obeying them tucked under our belts before we break them. Because breaking rules can always be done with care.

Secondly, Pablo Picasso is well-known for his Blue Period, in which depression and sadness struck, causing him to enter in a phase of blue-hued masterpieces.

The blue period can act as inspiration to all artists who use their craft and art to express themselves during the most happy of times, as well as the most dismal of moments.

It is just like Picasso that we, too, are able to target all of our emotions and feelings into a single piece of art or an entire series. Combining a harsh emotion, whether good or bad, with our unique creativity can influence one’s art or writings drastically.

Like Picasso, our emotions hold the opportunity to be expressed in ways we may have never intended. Those feelings allow artists to travel to another realm of the world, without ever deserting the easel.

Simply, Pablo Picasso has taught us that no emotion is too painful to avoid in an art form. Art will always be there for us to help heal and wipe away the despair in which we endure.

Painters will always be able to paint the pain away. Writers will always be able to write the worries away.

Creativity is an immensely powerful form of magic.

Which Pablo Picasso painting is your favorite?

What lesson, not listed above, do you think he can teach us?

Respond in the comment section below!

Thank you for reading!

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